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  1. Shutdown

    Based on experience during the last shutdown, I'd say yes.
  2. Where to buy on Lake of the Ozarks

    If I were going to look for a lake place again, I would probably head to the Warsaw realtors and study the upper end. It's what we ended up doing, and if you're a bit patient, then you can find what you're looking for or something close to it. We were lucky and found a place that is 20 minutes or so from Warsaw but is still somewhat remote. We've only seven other neighbors on our road and nothing across the lake from us. The downside is that we're 20 minutes from Warsaw, and the last 0.7 mile of road is very interesting and something "we" have to maintain.
  3. Where to buy on Lake of the Ozarks

    We bought a place on the upper end this past August, and it was a good move. We're off the main channel over two miles and don't have the crazy boater stuff except a bit on weekends. During the week, it's almost like we're alone. I love it. I've yet to launch the big boat to do much exploring as the kayak fishing has been fair, and fishing off our dock has been very good. Add to that the usual fix-it mania that goes along with a new place, and I've not spent as much time on the water as I thought. However, crappie and catfish are abundant, bass not so much, and the promised white bass run didn't materialize this fall. Only duck hunting has been disappointing. I also have a good realtor if you're looking at the upper end. PM me, and I'll get you connected. Our realtor was a big help and became a friend after the deal closed.
  4. Flies for whites?

    I realize there is a fly forum, but this site seems to get more action, so...with a 20-degree temperature drop in the last 45 minutes, I'm thinking it's well past time to drag out the fly-tying gear. I want to re-start my fly fishing and fly tying after a long hiatus. I've done some web browsing but down't really have a good idea of the best flies and sizes for whites. I've got a bunch of small Clousers from my days of fishing for searun cutthroat, but I'm wondering if I should go bigger. Also-- does it matter to the fish about eye placement on a Clouser? Forward position provides a jigging motion on retrieve, and by moving the eyes toward the bend you get more of a level glide. So...my questions: What are the best sizes? What colors besides white and chartreuse should I have in the box? What other patterns besides Clousers? Thanks.
  5. Flies for whites?

    Few things are better than a yellow lab pup... Thanks for the ideas and info; now I have to sort through the boxes to find the materials. I'll be adding the Miyawaki Beach Popper to the mix as I already have a few and a few minimalist Gurglers as well as some other foam-backed floating efforts. We didn't get our lake place until August, so I don't have a good idea of what spring will bring or of what I can expect for the water color in our creek. So far, it's been fairly stained with visibility less than a foot most of the time. I hope the spring run is better than last fall's supposed-to-be-great run that didn't materialize from what I saw.
  6. Flies for whites?

    Fire away! Considering your stringer shots of the White Pride Parade got me distracted from the bluegill-popper thoughts I've been having, I could use more ideas. Looking at the weather over the next week, I'm thinking I might as well limber up the vise.
  7. USE Sunscreen

    I'm now at the point of turning down free ball caps or giving them away. I'm looking for a decent boonie hat for this summer. I had six or so spots frozen on my last dermatologist's appointment last month, one of which was on the rim of an ear. I had a divot taken out of the rim of the other ear a few years back with the MOAS procedure. That's where the surgeon cuts out what he or she thinks is the worst of it. Then he scrapes the tissue thats left and takes it into the lab for a look to see if any cancer cells are left. In my case, it took three scraping sessions to get rid of the cancer over the course of three hours. It does sound worse than it was, but it costs about as much as a new Ultrex...
  8. Best way keep hands warm?

    Most of the time, I rely on half-finger gloves. The best I've found so far are knitted from buffalo down (that's what the company calls it). However, even then, any exposed skin gets cold, even when wet. Slowbait's idea of surgical gloves isn't a bad one--it reminds me of what my dad and I did when hunting. We wore rubber gloves under jersey gloves and stayed warm. Having said that, I will be trying something that was sent to me to try. They are black surgical-type gloves from Fishfighter.com. They are a bit thicker than the typical surgical gloves I've tried before and slightly textured. I'm thinking wearing those under the buffalo half-fingers and that might be the answer. Of course, i'll be wearing heavier mitts when running the boat.
  9. Windy day on Truman

    I hope the fire continues after the cold snap commences. I won't be able to fish until then...which seems to be my usual situation. I always "shoulda been here last week".
  10. Windy day on Truman

    I'm thinking I better bring my boat back to town... my part of LOZ hasn't been that productive.
  11. Sunday - Indian Creek

    Haven't fished Beaver since we moved north, and I do miss fishing in clear water. Truman and LOZ aren't the same. Your post brought back some pleasant memories. Thought this might be worth a quick note-- the largest two smallies I hooked in Beaver came out of Honey Creek. I found others there as well...never did much in Indian. Thinking on it, I just realized that most of the smallmouth I caught in Beaver came from the east side of the lake...and that's weird.
  12. Sooo-- what is the best brush to use in planting brush piles? I'm thinking of adding a few in the immediate area of our dock as well as rebuilding the one in the well. I've never done it before and figure that I might as well try. Any other suggestions about method, depth and location are appreciated. thx
  13. Cajun red line

    Northland Tackle recently posted a shot video on its Facebook page (or at least, I saw it on my FB page when it was posted) that shows how colors change as they go down in depth. I found it interesting, to say the least. Of course, the kicker is that the way humans perceive color may well be different from the way fish do. Also, it comes back to the question of whether or not the fish really give a rip about a line leading to something they want to eat. I think it has more to do with how the line controls the movement of the bait/lure than the color. Stiffen line may well dampen the movement of a bait or lure than a softer, more flexible line. Dunno, y'know.
  14. This weekend?

    Fishing has been slow for me on the upper end, but then I've been kayaking it more than with the bigger boat. Even the dock crappie are not responding. We've had pelicans since the first of October and gulls showed up last week. Saw a few ducks this morning, and geese were landing last night. May trailer the boat to Truman to see if I can find whites by the dam. The creek we're in doesn't seem to be doing much--just a fish here and there.
  15. Crappie are biting.

    I've been doing fairly well off our dock with 1/64 ounce feather jig in several different colors, BUT the jig must have a Crappie Nibble on it. Having said that, while there are usually a few crappies under the dock, there are days when it's really good followed by not-so-good fishing. Haven't been chasing anything out of the kayak in a while, but when that will change Wednesday when we're back at the lake for a couple of nights. There have been quite a few boats heading up the creek, so I'm thinking that the whites are moving upstream. I'll have to test that...
  16. Walleye spinner rig

    If you don't want to tie snelled, two-hook rigs, you can follow RPS's advice and use a single, longer hook. In the mid-80s, Lindy sold a spinner called the Fuzz-E-Spin that used a lozenge-shaped float covered with a fuzz (to hold scent) and a single Tru-Turn hook. The hook was long-shanked. You ran the nose of the crawler onto the point of the hook and kept shoving the worm up the shank, leaving an inch or two hanging. It worked very well, and I caught a ton of walleyes on that set up. The only problem is that it takes a bit longer to bait than a two-hook rig. I haven't been to Eberhart's in a while, and while there wasn't looking at walleye gear, so I'm not sure what they carry. Will have to check it out when we get back from the lake. That is a nice 'eye and I'm glad to see it from Truman. When we moved to the area, my son gave me an old "fishing in Missouri" guide book. In it, under the Truman Lake chapter, it said that a 19-pound walleye was caught...it's nice to see that some of the same genes may still be around.
  17. Conventional Photography Equiptment

    Some of the online camera shops buy used equipment. I've used Adorama before to sell some of my older gear. The large format cameras may be worth more than used digital. There still is a market for film photography gear, but it is limited. Good luck.
  18. Walleye spinner rig

    J15-- On the spinner rigs-- You show one of Worden's/Yakima Bait's Spin-N-Glos on one of the pre-tied rigs. Spin-N-Goos by themselves are deadly effective at times. Tie a basic two-hook leader, add a smooth bead or two and then the Spin-N-Glo. I used them in Washington State a lot...I especially like the newer versions with the Mylar wings instead of the rubber wings. But they all work. Adding a float is a good thing as well. While, generally, they--unless you use a really large float--won't float a crawler, they do offer a larger target.
  19. Big Doin's at Bass Pro Today

    I toured the place Wednesday on a media preview. It surpasses the Museum of Natural History in New York--at least the wildlife part did. The aquarium side is beyond belief as well. My wife asked me what I thought was the coolest thing--the most impressive-- and I really had to think hard. Zane Grey's day boat? The sister ship to Hemingway's Pilar? The three-story circular aquarium with the bait ball constantly circling? Department of the Interior Secretary Zinke in the shark tank answering questions from the WOO kids? (He was in a full-face breathing mask at the front of the aquarium with two other divers to ward off the sharks. The Goliath Grouper got a bit too close at one point, though.) I also was fond of the piranha tanks where, if you're agile, you can "swim" with the piranhas. I finally settled on the musk ox display: there was a small herd of the animals in a defensive circle with half a dozen wolves trying to get to the calf they were protecting. When I was there, it was dark, and the aurora borealis was in the night sky, constantly changing. I didn't see the rest of the day-to-dark loop, but that sight was pretty impressive. I also liked the pride of lions surrounding the hunter's tent with the sky turning light in the east. I watched that for a while to see the light change, but left before "sunrise". While the price is steep, IMO, it is worth it. When I go back, I'll pick one side or the other and focus. The group I was in did both plus the Zinke presentation, and it was a long day. I ended feeling like I'd done 10 miles with a fairly heavy pack. It's a big place; it really is. And it's incredible. The quality of the exhibits and the effort of all involved is hard to imagine without seeing it yourself. It really is one of those places you have to see at least once.
  20. Shore bound, upper end

    We moved into the lake place a month ago, and I tried to get he boat to the lake only to have a hub go out on the way. For the last three weeks, the tire shop has been trying to find an axle that would work...the spindle is fried and apparently welded, but that's a different story. In the meantime, I've been restricted to fishing off the dock, catching mostly blue and channel cats on the small side. Today, I decided I'd had enough and grabbed a rod, a few spinners and jumped in the kayak to see if I could at least catch something. The score was one decent fish on for a bit, three small whites/hybrids and a tiny largemouth. It was better than waiting around for sure. I did see a school of whites/hybrids blow up on shad, but it was a long paddle to get to them, and they went down before I could get there. I've been seeing quite a few larger fish on top, but until this morning, they've been scattered. I'll see what tomorrow brings.
  21. Shore bound, upper end

    Still waiting on the trailer axle spindle, supposedly. My patience is wearing thin. But enough of that. Finally started fishing from the new kayak, and did a bit of trolling two days ago. Landed a pair of nice crappie and a pair of decent whites. Lost more, maybe four or so. How can a fish hit a bait with two super-sharp trebles and then get off? I accidentally dropped the bait-- a #5 Storm Smash Shad-- on my shorts and spent maybe five minutes trying to get the hooks out without hooking myself or ripping the shorts to ratfeces. But a fish can hit that same bait, bend the rod in a U and still get off...BTW VMC trebles are as sharp as any out there... And the more I fish it, the more I like the Smash Shad--especially in the purple UV tiger. It's done well for me in Table Rock and LOZ. Didn't see much else except one big blowup that looked like a pig jumped in the river. Never saw a scale of that fish afterwards. Went out yesterday, and it was a big change. No shad on the surface to speak of, and despite Ameren pulling water, the surface of the arm/creek looked like slack tide. No bites, no fish and no pigs jumping in the river. The same area where I caught/lost fish the day before was the Dead Sea. Colder yet this morning and no sign of the schools of small shad on the surface. But the sun is out today, so maybe that will change. Have to work, so it doesn't matter if the bite is on or not.
  22. Drum info

    I tried freshwater drum out of Beaver once and was surprised at how good it was--but then I figured that since I like black drum and red drum (redfish), I couldn't be too far wrong. I won't hesitate to keep and eat them.
  23. Shore bound, upper end

    I will... first attempt was to a supplier who sent the wrong axle. Now he's ordered two...one from the manufacturer, who, apparently is "backordered". He's suggesting welding a new spindle onto the old axle. This is what I get for having a very slow leak in a tire fixed instead of pumping it up and running then worrying about the leak later.
  24. There was some talk the last year or so about a Wiggle Wart on eBay that sold for well over $1500. I've been trying to find the thread but can't. Can anyone help out? I used the thread as an illustration of crazy prices for a piece I'm doing, and the editor wants a bit more. I've tried searching, but I've not had any luck. Thanks.
  25. High-price Wiggle wart

    Thanks, guys! The one that sold for $3300 is incredible! The bait wasn't/isn't, but the fact that someone bought it...

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